Friday 22 December 2017
Cape Town, South Africa – Embark Crystal Symphony
Embark your luxury cruise ship this afternoon and spend the night on board. (D)
Saturday 23 December 2017
Cape Town, South Africa – Depart: 1700
With majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past, in tandem with the 20th century’s more functional demands. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved and there are several outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Cobble-stoned streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel houses of the Malay Quarter showcase the city’s cosmopolitan ambiance. Nearby, images of seafaring activities from the 1800s are evoked at the recently-restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Magnificent Cape Town is justifiably famous as the “Mother City” of South Africa. (BLD)
Day 3 & 4
24 & 25 December 2017
Cruising the coast of Africa
Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness centre or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with the engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop the luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while the attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you.
As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or the action-packed Crystal Casino. (BLD)
26 December 2017
Maputo, Mozambique – Arrive 0800 / Depart: 1800
Wildlife comes in a couple of different forms here: the disco, and the animals. The former can be found in one of the many restaurants and hotels that not only serve exquisite food, but also satisfy visitors’ cravings for dancing into the wee-hours. To the south of town is the Maputo Elephant Reserve, where crocodiles, hippos, jackals, antelope and nearly two hundred elephants roam over thousands of acres of rolling, green hills.
The region’s history can also be divided into two categories: times of war, and times of peace. Through much of the seventies and eighties, civil war raged, leaving Maputo a shadow of its once glorious self. But prepare to be impressed. The city has since reinvented itself, polishing its neighbourhoods and image to a high shine, thus bringing back the rich and famous for stays in Maputo’s five-star accommodations, and enticing anyone who enjoys gorgeous beaches and friendly people. (BLD)
27 December 2017
Richard’s Bay, South Africa – Arrive 0900 / Depart: 2300
Situated on the southeast coast of Africa just north of Durban, this KwaZulu-Natal city takes full advantage of its diverse resources and reveals a pride in its recent industrial development and expansion. A bustling business centre with modern facilities synergistically coexists with a lagoon setting, giving travellers a range of interesting sights and experiences from which to choose.
Perhaps most popular is the Richards Bay Game Reserve, an area established to protect lagoon animals and give visitors the opportunity to see some of South Africa’s most fascinating creatures. Hippos and crocodiles make their home here, along with an amazing variety of birds. In fact, 300 species have been recorded in these habitats, including flamingos, cormorants and the rare pink-backed pelican. (BLD)
Day 7 & 8
28 & 29 December 2017
Durban, South Africa – Arrive 0700 / Depart: 1600
With a subtropical climate and golden beaches lining its shores, Durban is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. It embodies an intriguing blend of Eastern, Western and African influences. Along the palm-fringed beachfront, Zulu women sell beads and baskets while colourful rickshaw pullers pose for photographs. Just minutes away from the office blocks, theatres and shops of the business centre, is a world of mosques, temples oriental festivals and bazaars, fragrant with spice and incense.
The city’s cosmopolitan charm even extends to its many inviting restaurants, which offer mouth-watering cuisine from around the world. Since a recent facelift, several thoroughfares have been converted into pedestrian malls complete with sidewalk cafes, shrubs and palm trees; portions of the road network have been upgraded to promote easier traffic flow; and the main beaches have been widened and enhanced with new facilities. Durban is truly the “Golden Mile” of South Africa. (BLD)
30 December 2017
East London, South Africa – Arrive 0900 / Depart: 2100
You might gather from East London’s name and its South African location that the city is a mix of African traditions and European history. A stroll through town proves you right. Well-preserved Victorian buildings enhance this bustling town, gateway to South Africa’s Sunshine and Wild coasts. Long stretches of sandy beaches invite surfers and swimmers to frolic in the water, while the river and nearby lagoons are a fisherman’s paradise.
Another idea you might hatch for a memorable diversion is a visit to the Natural History Museum, displaying the only known Dodo egg in the world. Queens Park Zoo, the Gonubie Nature reserve, the Aquarium and Lion Park are other interesting stops for visitors interested in Africa’s unique fauna and flora. (BLD)
31 December 2017
Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Arrive 0800 / Depart: 1700
Port Elizabeth’s location at the end of the Garden Route hints at what makes the town so appealing. Certainly, it has its share of cultural attractions, including the King George VI Art Gallery, which houses treasures such as 19th- and 20th-century British art and Oriental miniatures. But the real gems of the area are of the out-of-doors type. In addition to being famous for its fine beaches and mild climate, Port Elizabeth (often shortened to “PE”) is considered the water sports capital of South Africa, with scuba diving, game fishing and kiteboarding being ever-popular pursuits.
Wildlife is revered and closely observable at numerous eco-centred attractions, including the Oceanarium, showcasing daily dolphin and seal shows, and the Snake Park & Tropical House, home to exotic and indigenous snakes and featuring streams, waterfalls and free-flying birds. The area outside of town offers exciting game-viewing opportunities, with the Addo Elephant Park being a particular highlight. (BLD)
Day 11 & 12
1 & 2 January 2018
Cruising the Sea
You sail further south along the South African coast towards Namibia. (BLD)
Day 13 & 14
3 & 4 January 2018
Walvis Bay, Namibia – Arrive 0900 / Depart: 1500
The busy industrial town of Walvis Bay lies at the dramatic juxtaposition of ocean and desert. Its development began in 1878, when Commander Richard C. Dryer took possession of the port and settlement in Queen Victoria’s name. In March 1994, following extensive negotiations with the Republic of South Africa, Walvis Bay and its offshore islands were incorporated into the Republic of Namibia.
Highlights of Walvis Bay include an impressive Civic Centre and the Rhenish Mission Church, which was built in Hamburg in 1880 before being dismantled and shipped to these shores. Our visit to Namibia provides rare insight into one of Southwest Africa’s most fascinating regions. (BLD)
5 January 2018
Luderitz, Namibia – Arrive 0800 / Depart: 1800
Much of Luderitz’s architecture would be at right at home in the Black Forest of Germany, and it is no wonder. This region became a German protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. Replace the Rhine River with the Atlantic Ocean and coniferous forests with an arid landscape and you have a bit of Deutschland in Africa, a fascinating, charming and beguiling mix of wild west and European gentility. Situated on a hill overlooking the town is a steapled church, Felsenkirche, while the historic centre of Luderitz features a fine array of German imperial and art nouveau buildings.
This being the African continent, interesting wildlife abounds. The coast and small rocky islands off its shores are an official Important Bird Area, hosting significant populations of Cape gannets, African penguins and crowned cormorants. (BLD)
6 January 2018
Cruising the Sea
Cruise the rugged South African Coast south towards Cape Town. (BLD)
7 January 2018
Disembark Cape Town, South Africa / Mala Mala
This morning you disembark and say farewell to your new friends before you are met and taken to the airport for your flight to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. You will be collected from Skukuza airport and taken to your deluxe lodge for an incredible three night stay. Mala Mala is a luxury lodge, set on a 30,000 hector private reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park. You undertake your first game drive in the afternoon. (BLD)
Day 18 & 19
8 & 9 January 2018
Your expert guide and tracker take you out on morning and afternoon game drives to find the extensive array of wildlife which calls Mala Mala home. With some of the best game viewing in Africa you are in for a treat which includes the “Big 5” Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo, amongst many lesser known species of animals and birds.
Mala Mala Main Camp is the oldest and most historical private game reserve in South Africa and the first to make the transition from hunting to photographic safaris. It is the blueprint on which the South African safari industry was built. Every aspect of the Mala Mala Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre coloured units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery. The camp is unfenced – an oasis in the middle of the bushveld. (BLD)
10 January 2018
Mala Mala / Johannesburg
After a final morning game drive, you are collected from your lodge and taken to Skukuza Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Your tour comes to an end on arrival at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. (B)
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- 22 December 2017
- South Africa
- 5 star
- $9,895 per person twin share
Based on a deluxe stateroom with large picture window (E2) on the Crystal Symphony cruise ship.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
- Cape of Good Hope Cruise (16 nights)
- Mala Mala (3 nights)
YOUR CRYSTAL EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
- Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits, as well as authentic, regional, local and seasonal wine and beer where available.
- Complimentary gratuities for all dining, bar, housekeeping and butler staff.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi and Internet access. Restrictions apply.
- Complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining at least once in Umi Uma or the Sushi Bar celebrating the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa, and at least once in Prego.
- Complimentary enrichment via the innovative Creative Learning Institute® and Computer University@Sea® with classes in diverse topics such as world affairs, wellness, art, wine appreciation, digital photography and iPad filmmaking.
- Complimentary fitness and Wellness at Sea® programs with classes in yoga, mat Pilates, Spinning®.
- In-stateroom satellite TV and movie/DVD rentals.
- Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service.
- Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request.
- Kimonos, Frette bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options.
- Self-service launderettes, and so much more!
MALA MALA MAIN CAMP INCLUDES:
- Fully inclusive of all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands)
- Maximum 6 people per safari vehicle
- Game drives in open 4-wheel safari vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger
- Nature walks
- Transfers to and from Skukuza Airport
- Laundry – maximum 10 items per room per day
- Economy flights Cape Town / Skukuza / Johannesburg
- All international flights
- Shore excursions while on board Crystal Symphony
- Visa costs (if required)
- All meals not indicated as included
- Optional excursions
- Gratuities at Mala Mala and personal expenses.